The Cabinet for Health and Family Services administers the Putative Father Registry, enacted by the 2018 Kentucky legislative session. In accordance with KRS 199.505, any male who believes he may be the father of a child born in Kentucky may register his name with the Cabinet for inclusion in the Putative Father Registry. Any private agency or independent adoption that finalizes within the Commonwealth of Kentucky must include a search of the Putative Father Registry.
Any party to a court case involving adoption may request that the Cabinet complete a search the Putative Father Registry to determine if a putative father has registered. The registry serves to not only expedite the adoption process; but also assist any potential putative father who registers in ensuring he is included in adoption proceedings. Registration on the Putative Father Registry does not establish paternity.
If you have questions, please contact Kristy Kidd at (859) 498-7992, ext. 2511.